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Occurred : 11/17/1998 05:50 (Entered as : 11/17/98 05:50)
Reported: 11/28/1998 08:27
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Gila Bend, AZ
Shape: Flash
Duration:< 1 second
Flash on moon

I was out watching the Geminid meteor shower. At about 5:50 AM, the moon was rising, almost new (only a thin crescent), and while looking over at it, I observed a a very brief but very clear and brite flash of white light near the center of its umbra. It looked like a strobe going off. It was almost definitely not a meteor (there was no tail, and definitely did not "cross" the moon's disk).